Vodafone Group Plc. is one of the top British telecommunications companies. The company has been in existence for over three decades now. It is known for the manufacture of high-quality smartphones, such as the Vodafone Smart X9. This device has a fantastic design, high-grade main and selfie cameras, and decent performance for its price.
Vodafone Smart X9 is a budget phone that is suitable for people who do not wish to spend too much on a phone. It is feature-packed and is very reliable. Vodafone Group Plc. released this device for retail in December 2018. The sales have been relatively good so far. This smartphone is more readily available overseas, but it can be shipped to Nigeria and other African nations. The Vodafone Smart X9 price is £99, which is approximately 45,935 Naira.
Vodafone Smart X9 overview
What are the advantages and limitations of this affordable device?
- It has a stylish design.
- It comes with a full high definition screen, unlike many other devices in its range.
- Its overall performance is pretty decent- It offers value for money.
- It has a decent battery life.
- The device is bloatware-free. It only has three bundled Vodafone applications when the user switches it on for the first time.
- It takes good daylight shots.
- It is locked to Vodafone.
- Its screen often has glare and fingerprint marks in bright light.
- It is neither dust nor water-resistant.
- It neither supports fast-charging nor wireless charging features.
- It does not take good pictures in low lighting or at night.
Vodafone Smart X9 specs
What features and specifications does this device have? Check out all the Vodafone Smart X9 details below;
- Release date: December 2018
- Colour: Black Tungsten
- Dimensions: 148.2 x 71.3 x 8 millimetres (5.83 x 2.81 x 0.31 inches)
- Weight: 153 grammes (5.40 oz)
- SIM: Nano-SIM
- Display type: IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen
- Display size: 5.7 inches with about 78.2% screen-to-body ratio
- Resolution: 1080 x 2160 pixels
- Screen protection: Asahi Dragontrail Glass
- Operating system: Android 8.1 (Oreo)
- Chipset: Qualcomm SDM450 Snapdragon 450
- CPU: Octa-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53
- GPU: Adreno 506
- RAM: 3GB
- ROM: 32GB
- External memory: MicroSD (up to 256 GB)
- Main camera: 16 megapixels, AF and a 5 megapixel depth sensor
- Selfie camera: 8 megapixels
- Bluetooth: 4.2, A2DP, LE
- WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot
- GPS: A-GPS
- Radio: FM radio
- USB: 2.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
- Sensors: Fingerprint, gyro, accelerometer, compass & proximity
- Battery: Li-Ion 3100 mAh (non-removable)
When conducting the Vodafone Smart X9 review, you will note the following hardware features;
The device sports an eye-catching svelte curved design. The overall design makes it look classy compared to other devices in its price range. The main building material at the back is polymer composite, and its frame is made of metal. Its dimensions, 148.2 x 71.3 x 8 millimetres (5.83 x 2.81 x 0.31 inches), allow it to fit perfectly in the hands of the user. With a weight of 153 grammes (5.40 oz), it also feels very light when in use.
At the rear side of the device, there is a Vodafone logo. This side reacts to light, so it appears shinier and with subdued streaks. The back looks like glass even though it is made of plastic. The sides of this smartphone are made using aluminum, as does the small metal band that surrounds the rear camera. The primary camera is located at the top left corner, and at the top middle, there is a fingerprint sensor.
The front side of the phone is rather plain. It has thin bezels on both the right and left sides of the screen. The forehead and chin bezels at the top and bottom are slightly wider. At the top of the screen, there is a speaker grille and a notifications LED. On the top edge, there is a 3.5 mm jack port for earphones. The right edge houses the power and volume keys. The bottom has a mono speaker.
Similar to the display, the screen of this device is modern looking with an 18:9 aspect ratio. The display size is 5.7 inches. This screen size is perfect for watching videos and movies and for playing mobile-phone games. It is also excellent for creating and editing documents on the device.
One of the best features, and probably the selling point of this device, is the full high definition screen. It has a resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels and the display type is IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen. Typically, other devices in its range have screens with lower resolution. The sharp display is protected using Asahi Dragontrail Glass which is relatively strong and reliable.
Processor, storage, and performance
The overall performance of this device is smooth and seamless. It can handle relatively bulky applications without stuttering. It equipped with an octa-core 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53 processor. This processor is paired with a powerful and reliable Adreno 506 GPU and a Qualcomm SDM450 Snapdragon 450 (14 nanometres) chipset.
The phone has 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of ROM. The RAM is adequate for the typical mobile phone user. The internal memory is also pretty good for people who take photos and do not store too many documents on their phones. However, this memory is inadequate for people who use their devices to record videos or store large files. The storage space is expandable using a microSD card.
Vodafone Smart X9 battery life
The device comes with a 3100 mAh non-removable battery. This is a relatively large battery capacity. Its life is pretty impressive. In a looped video test that was conducted by Expert Reviews, the battery lasted 13 hours. It beat its competitors.
With this capacity, the user can comfortably watch a movie or use the internet without worrying too much about quick battery drain. Although the phone does not come with a fast-charging system, it does not take too long to charge to 100%. It gets to 100% in just over two hours.
Speaker and call quality
At the bottom of this smartphone, there are two speaker grilles. However, it only has one speaker. The quality of the speaker is okay. There is nothing special about it. The same can be said about the call quality.
The device generally has excellent features, but what is its catch? Unfortunately, the device is Vodafone locked. This means that the user can only use a Vodafone SIM card to call and access the internet. The phone does not accept SIM cards from competitors.
What are the software features for this device?
OS & features
The device runs on Android 8.1 (Oreo). This is not the latest OS system in the market. Is the OS upgradeable? Unfortunately, the device cannot be upgraded to the latest Android operating system. Which sensors does this phone have? It has a fingerprint sensor at the rear for secure locking and unlocking of the phone. Its other sensors are proximity, compass, gyro, and accelerometer.
Vodafone Smart X9 camera review
Besides the HD display, the camera is the other selling point of this device. The Vodafone Smart X9 comes with dual cameras. The primary camera that is located at the rear side is 16 megapixels, with an f/2 aperture. It is reinforced by a 5-megapixel secondary camera that adds depth to the images that are taken.
The features of this camera include LED flash, panorama, and HDR. It also has the bokeh effect. The camera is suitable for amateur photographers. It can pick up much detail, especially in good lighting. When taking images in dark places, one can use the super night mode. With this camera, the user can also record 1080p videos at 30 fps.
At the front, there is an 8-megapixel selfie camera. This camera is average. The user can take regular selfies without necessarily expecting top of the range images. The selfie camera has a built-in flash, but the display does not get super bright. It may be a bit hard to take selfies in the sun.
Here are some of the reviews and opinions that fans and users of the device have posted on Twitter:
Vodafone Smart X9 accessories
In addition to the phone itself, here is what you can expect to find in the box;
- One USB type C cable
- One power adapter
- User manual
- SIM ejector tool
- A pair of headphones
What about the Vodafone Smart X9 case? The device does not come with a case. The user can buy a phone case and any other extra accessories that they wish from third-party phone accessory shops.
Where to buy
The device is not readily available in Nigeria. However, Nigerians and citizens from other African countries can ship the phone from abroad. The current Vodafone Smart X9 price is about £99, which is approximately 45,935 Naira.
The Vodafone Smart X9 is a good buy that offers high performance. It is suitable for everyday use. It is reliable and hardly causes any inconvenience. Overall, it is a device that provides excellent value for the money that is spent on purchasing it. It takes relatively good photos, and the battery lasts an entire day. The most significant limitation is that it is locked to Vodafone. The user cannot use any other SIM card to make calls and access the internet.
Vodafone Smart X9 is one of the budget devices by Vodafone Group Plc. The company has been in existence for very many years and is known for manufacturing reliable and sturdy devices. Some of the selling points of this device are the camera and long battery life. It is a wise buy for people who are on a budget.